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Dorsal Fin Cafe

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by Tema (subscribe)
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Published September 20th 2014
Get your seafood grub fix sorted in the heart of Adelaide
When you think of having a seafood meal in Adelaide, most people think of flocking to Glenelg, West Beach, Henley Beach or other similar coastal areas to quench their desire for the finest and freshest form of seafood.

It's really difficult to find a decent, affordable seafood restaurant in Adelaide's CBD, so I didn't expect to be gratified by the opening of one of the city's newest cafes--the Dorsal Fin Cafe.

The Dorsal Fin Cafe is a cute, little seafood restaurant that has found home in the upper level of City Cross in the heart of Adelaide CBD.

Dorsal Fin Cafe - logo (Courtesy: Facebook)
Dorsal Fin Cafe - logo (Courtesy: Facebook)


I was initially a bit skeptical about the quality of the food, given the decent prices for a main course being up to just $20 considering seafood can usually be an expensive meal. However, I found myself to be pleasantly surprised by how delicious, freshly cooked and affordable the meals were at the Dorsal Fin.

The decor of the Dorsal Fin provides a lot of relaxed and chilled vibes, with tables and chairs neatly and spaciously presented to its customers with enough room for personal privacy and the right form of intimacy while enjoying a meal with significant others or with friends. Nautical paraphernalia is found in every little corner of this little cafe. They use fishing nets to close off the entrance and exit, and have a life saver ring sitting by the window table seats. There's a true feel of being by the sea through the ambience they have created with props such as these.

Decor @ Dorsal Fin Cafe
Decor @ Dorsal Fin Cafe


For the meals, I ordered a chicken yiros on a plate. Yes, it's not seafood, but I thought I could give their other delicacies a try. I was quite happy with my serve, for it was hearty and generous for $11.50. I think the chicken had the perfect balance of tender and crispy, the salad was fresh beyond belief and the chips were pretty damn good to go with the chicken as a side dish.

I am glad with my choice of having it on a plate, as having it like a wrap would definitely (without a doubt) be a hot mess to have in public. In addition to this, it is easier to try different combinations (pita chicken, chicken fries, salad chicken, pita fries).

Chicken Yiros on a plate


My partner ordered a main dish of Great Whiting ($15.00) served with chips and salad on the side. We read on the menu that we could also order another form of seafood as a side, so he ordered a Barramundi for just $8.50. Little did we know that having a 'side dish' would end up being presented to us as another main course (not pictured).

We weren't complaining - both seafood items were simply scrumptious and absolutely satisfied our cravings to the fullest. Agreed, there were a lot of chips to get by, but then there was the advantage of packing it as takeaway.

In my partner's words, "it's prices you wouldn't be surprised to see on a menu from 10 years ago". The food was beautifully presented and even featured iceberg lettuce as part of the salad - fine quality lettuce that you most often don't find being served at cafes and restaurants!

Great Whiting, Barramundi, chips and salad
Barramundi with chips and salad


Overall, I think the Dorsal Fin hits the right spot when it comes to devouring seafood at affordable prices. I would highly recommend everyone in Adelaide to stop by this new addition to City Cross and enjoy a beautiful meal that delivers well and doesn't end up breaking your bank account in the process.

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Why? It's hard to find a decent seafood restaurant in the CBD that's both delicious AND affordable!
When: Mon - Sat: 08:00 - 16:00
Phone: (08) 8410 0897
Where: City Cross, Adelaide CBD
Cost: $$
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